Tornado Ravages Dallas, Leaving A Trail Of Damaged Commercial Real Estate In Its Wake
At least one confirmed tornado tore a dangerous trail through North Dallas and its neighboring suburbs Sunday night, leaving ravaged commercial real estate in its wake.
The National Weather Service reported winds of 140 mph during the storm, which is consistent with an EF-3 tornado.
So far, only three individuals have been hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, the city of Dallas confirmed.
The powerful storm system leveled a Home Depot at the intersection of Forest Lane and U.S. 75 around 9 p.m. Sunday night, Home Depot spokesperson Christina Cornell told Bisnow.
The store manager learned of inclement weather an hour before the incident and closed the store to give employees and patrons time to get home, Cornell said. No one was inside the hardware megastore when the tornado finally struck, Cornell confirmed.
Cornell said Home Depot and a team of engineers visited the site Monday to figure out the retailer's next steps. The Forest Lane location employs 100 staffers, all of whom will be reassigned to other stores, Cornell said.
The deadly storm packed a mean punch in one commercial area at the intersection of Forest Lane and U.S. Highway 75, leaving several office buildings and retailers with punctured windows, damaged roofs and parking lots littered with debris.
After hitting Forest Lane and Central Expressway, the storm struck a neighborhood near Richland College in Richardson, damaging an apartment complex and a nearby church.
Office buildings, including a Texas Health Physicians Group building at Interstate 635 and Greenville, also took direct hits, with the tornado's winds blowing out the buildings' glass windows and chunks of their concrete exteriors.